Daily Archives: February 8, 2019

2019-02-08: News Headlines

Robert Scheer (2019-02-08). The Great Con of American Patriotism. truthdig.com American soldiers born decades apart in the state of New York, Ron Kovic and Maj. Danny Sjursen, are two crucial dissenting voices that have experienced firsthand the futility and brutality of America's interventionist wars. Kovic, a marine veteran who was paralyzed in the Vietnam war, has spent the rest of his life fighting against the U.S. war machine. The film "Born on the Fourth of July," starring Tom Cruise, was based on his book, works he'd hoped would combine with his activism to dissuade young people from buying into the toxic patriotism that leads Americans to fight destructive, ultimately pointless wars…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-02-08). Venezuela: From Oil Proxy to the Bolivarian Movement and Sabotage. globalresearch.ca Michel Chossudovsky talks to Bonnie Faulkner on Guns and Butter. | We discuss the economic and political crisis in Venezuela, its history as an oil proxy nation since the discovery of oil in 1918, through successive dictatorships, coups d'etats, a …

Andrew Korybko (2019-02-08). Peace in Afghanistan? The Taliban's Moscow Travels Have Turned Them into Seasoned Diplomats. globalresearch.ca From the caves of the Hindu Kush mountains to conference rooms in swanky Moscow hotels, the Taliban have come a long way in their national liberation struggle and are proving themselves by the day to be the most capable stewards …

Halyna Mokrushyna (2019-02-08). The 'Peacekeeper' Vigilante Website and Freedom of Speech in Ukraine. counterpunch.org The 2013-2014 pro-European Union protest movement in Ukraine known as the 'Euromaidan' is officially celebrated in Ukraine and is largely recognized in the West as a pro-democratic, peaceful, popular revolution against the 'corrupt autocratic regime' (according to the mainstream Western and Ukrainian media) of president Victor Yanukovych. Ukrainians should now breathe more freely, live better More

Jeffrey St. Clair, Joshua Frank (2019-02-08). On the Front Lines of the Climate Change Movement: Mike Roselle Draws a Line. counterpunch.org The beard is graying. The hair is clipped military-short. He is a large man, oddly shaped, like a cross between a grizzly and a javelina. It's Roselle, of course, Mike Roselle—the outside agitator. He and a fellow activist have just spread an anti-coal banner in front of a growling bulldozer in West Virginia on a cold February morning in 2009. He's in this icy and unforgiving land to oppose a brutal mining operation and will soon be arrested for trespassing. Massey Energy, the target of Roselle's protest, is the fourth largest coal extractor in the United States, mining nearly 40 million tons of coal in Ken…

Voices for Creative Nonviolence (2019-02-08). "Raising Voices for Yemen" Defendants to Appear in New York City Criminal Court on February 25. globalresearch.ca On January 2nd, 2019, eleven people from New York, New Jersey, Maine, Illinois and Iowa protested the the Saudi-led, U.S.-supported bombardment and siege of Yemen by nonviolently blocking the doors of the United States Permanent Mission to the United Nations …

Paul Street (2019-02-08). Why Ann Coulter Has Power: U.S. Politics are Authoritarian by Design. counterpunch.org Recently a correspondent from overseas wrote to ask me how it is that Donald Trump perseveres with his absurd nativist demand — replete with threats of a second government shut-down or a Declaration of National Emergency — for a completed wall to stop a fake and racist brown menace on the southern United States border despite the fact that his demand and his threats are opposed by a solid majority of U.S.-Americans. More

Jeffrey St. Clair (2019-02-08). Roaming Charges: Back in Blackface. counterpunch.org + All of these Virginians running around in blackface better hope they don't bump into Liam Neeson, when he's out power-walking. + Ralph "Coonman" Northam: That's not my name. That's not me. I never said that. That's not my yearbook page. I never saw the yearbook. When I dressed in blackface, it was as Michael Jackson at More

Ramzy Baroud (2019-02-08). As Abbas Ages, Fatah Moves to Consolidate Power. counterpunch.org Five years after spearheading what is inaptly referred to as a 'government of national reconciliation', Palestinian Prime Minister, Rami Hamdallah, has finally resigned. "We put our government at the disposal of President Mahmoud Abbas and we welcome the recommendations of the Fatah Central Committee to form a new government," Hamdallah tweeted, shortly after Abbas had More

Dave Lindorff (2019-02-08). US media trying to drum up a new 'Cold War'. counterpunch.org It's not a new or revived Cold War yet between the US and Russia, but not for lack of trying by the corporate US media. The latest example of absurd fear-mongering was brought to us courtesy of Fox Business News, with anchor Trish Regan darkly warned that "not since 1962 have we had such enemy More

STAFF (2019-02-08). Whitaker Committee Testimony Uncertain Amid Subpoena Threat. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — An expected congressional appearance by Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker was thrown into uncertainty Thursday after House Democrats threatened to subpoena his testimony about the special counsel's Russia investigation. | The back-and-forth between the Justice Department and the House Judiciary Committee raised questions about whether and under what conditions Whitaker, likely in his final days as the country's chief law enforcement officer, would appear Friday before the House Judiciary Committee. | Whitaker's testimony has been highly anticipated by Democrats eager to press him on his…

Eds. (2019-02-08). U.S. media ignore—and applaud—economic war on Venezuela. mronline.org The U.S. media chorus supporting a U.S. overthrow of the Venezuelan government has for years pointed to the country's economic crisis as a justification for regime change, while whitewashing the ways in which the U.S. has strangled the Venezuelan economy (FAIR.org, 3/22/18). Sister Eugenia Russian, president of Fundalatin, a Venezuelan human rights NGO that was […] | Source

Paul Bentley (2019-02-08). The Scream: the Origins of Venezuela's Economic Crisis. counterpunch.org Trump has said that his government is "too far along in the process" of regime change in Venezuela for him to meet with Maduro. This stands in contrast to his readiness to meet again with Kim Jung-un, who is already "too far along" in the process of developing nuclear weapons for Trump to do otherwise. More

Lawrence Wittner (2019-02-08). Don't Expect Rulers of Nuclear-Armed Nations to Accept Nuclear Disarmament‚ÄïUnless They're Pushed to Do So. commondreams.org Gorbachev and Reagan sign the INF Treaty in 1987. (Photo: Wikipedia) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

M. K. Bhadrakumar (2019-02-08). 'America First' Means Nuclear Superiority. globalresearch.ca The US president's annual State of the Union address traditionally focuses on domestic issues but it also throws some light on the foreign policy priorities. President Trump's speech on Tuesday adhered to the pattern and if anything, the portions on …

Nauman Sadiq (2019-02-08). Al-Nusra Front: Islamic State's Breakaway Faction in Syria's Idlib. globalresearch.ca During the eight-year proxy war in Syria, Abu Mohammad al-Jolani, the leader of al-Nusra Front, has emerged as the second most influential militant leader after the Islamic State's [alleged] chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. In fact, since the beginning …

Brian Cloughley (2019-02-08). Don't Blame the Afghan Army for the Country's Poverty. counterpunch.org No matter what happens in Afghanistan, a most important factor in the region will continue to be the army of Pakistan which has had to move large numbers of troops to the border to counter revolutionary militants. In the event of civil war in Afghanistan, Pakistan will be subject to even more threat from over More

Robert Fantina (2019-02-08). Afghanistan, Venezuela and U.S. Interference. counterpunch.org In this troubling week, this writer has seen a variety of disturbing news stories. Ok, that's nothing new, we all know. But there are two that he would like to focus on today. First, he saw an editorial saying that the U.S. must not abandon Afghanistan. He attempted to make some sense of this series More

Nick Rehwaldt (2019-02-08). Corporate Interests Could Underlie Canada's Support for Venezuela Coup. mintpressnews.com OTTAWA, CANADA — Canada's government has now officially recognized Juan Guaidó of the "Voluntad Popular" Party as the leader of Venezuela. This support, in tandem with the EU, follows U.S. President Donald Trump's immediate recognition of Juan Guaidó's violent opposition party, and Guaido as the Interim President of Venezuela. | Canada's foreign minister, Chrystia Freeland, has expressed support for the ongoing coup in Venezuela. Last week, Canada hosted a summi…

Josh Hoxie (2019-02-08). How the Age of Billionaires Ends. counterpunch.org Every month or so there's a stunning new headline statistic about just how stark our economic divide has become. Understanding that this divide exists is a good start. Appreciating that a deeply unfair and unequal economy is problematic is even better. Actually doing something about it — that's the best. As 2020 presidential hopefuls start More

Andrew Levine (2019-02-08). What We Know About 2020, Eighteen Months Out. counterpunch.org Those of us who had been looking forward to a substantial span of time after last year's midterm elections when interest in electoral politics would subside enough for real politics to happen have been disappointed. We had been hoping to be able to discuss and act upon the pressing environmental, economic, political, and social concerns More

James Graham (2019-02-08). Paris Live: Who Will Protect Us From the Police ? counterpunch.org We sat on the steps of the Madeleine while the sirens skrieked and the scene unfolded like a ritual with no humans, like one of those unhappy films about the future where everything moves in choreographed, hypnotic motion, the narrative pulsing to a high pitch of danger and fear. You would have thought that Paris More

Cal Winslow (2019-02-08). The Seattle General Strike: a 100-Year Legacy. counterpunch.org There will be many cheering and there will be some who fear. Both of these emotions are useful, but not too much of either. We are undertaking the most tremendous move ever made by LABOR in this country, a move which will lead — NO ONE KNOWS WHERE! We do not need hysteria. We need More

Michael Hudson (2019-02-08). An Interview the Saker on Venezuela. counterpunch.org Introduction: There is a great deal of controversy about the true shape of the Venezuelan economy and whether Hugo Chavez' and Nicholas Maduro's reform and policies were crucial for the people of Venezuela or whether they were completely misguided and precipitated the current crises. Anybody and everybody seems to have very strong held views about this. More

Mark Weisbrot (2019-02-08). Trump Sanctions, Regime Change Strategy in Venezuela Can Only Cause More Violence and Suffering. counterpunch.org Washington has been trying to topple Venezuela's government for at least 17 years, but the Trump administration has taken a more openly aggressive tack than its predecessors. Last week, administration officials kicked their efforts into high gear by anointing their chosen successor to Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro Moros in advance of any coup d'etat. The 35-year-old More

Tommy Raskin (2019-02-08). We Are Not in Treblinka. counterpunch.org Because of my pronounced skepticism of war, my friends often prod me to consider whether there are any historic acts of mass violence that, given the opportunity, I actually would have supported. One such act always comes to mind, and its morally relevant characteristics are certainly not unique to it. This happened in 1943, well More

David Kattenburg (2019-02-08). Canada, Israel and the "Rule of Law" counterpunch.org On the ropes for arresting Huawei executive Meng Wanzhau, as US-Canada extradition law required, now under fire, two of its own diplomats held by the vengeful Chinese, and a third Canadian facing execution on drug-smuggling charges, coveted trade relations in peril, Ottawa has been staking out high minded positions. Few are higher minded — or More

John W. Whitehead (2019-02-08). SOTU: These Are Dangerous Times, and Our Government is Largely to Blame. counterpunch.org "As I look at America today, I am not afraid to say that I am afraid." —Bertram Gross, Friendly Fascism: The New Face of Power in America These are dangerous times. Mind you, when I say that these are dangerous times, it is not because of violent crime, which remains at an all-time low, or More

Richard Moser (2019-02-08). Beyond Corporate Power. counterpunch.org The problem is not that the corporations are "out of control," the problem is that the corporations are so much "in control." By seeing neoliberalism as Free Market Fundamentalism (FMF) rather than Corporate Power we underestimate the challenges ahead. FMF does not help us to know what tactics and strategies are best because it cannot tell us about the enemy More

Katie Fite (2019-02-08). Outcome-Based Grazing: a Cattle Industry Public Lands Power Grab. counterpunch.org Just before the shutdown, Idaho's Bruneau BLM issued a new environmental analysis and grazing decisions for Battle Creek, East Castle Creek and Owens allotments in the Owyhee region. BECO for short. These lands are part of the largest block of relatively unfragmented sagebrush habitat left in the world. They are home to pygmy rabbit, sage-grouse, More

Kenn Orphan (2019-02-08). Greenwashing the Climate Catastrophe. counterpunch.org "With "capitalism in danger of falling apart" (a rare, cryptically honest quote from Al Gore), and years of stagnant global economic growth now in a free fall, the Greta campaign must be understood for what it is. An elaborate distraction that has nothing to do with protecting the natural world, and everything to do with More

Andrew Levine (2019-02-08). What We Know About 2020 Eighteen Months Out. counterpunch.org Those of us who had been looking forward to a substantial span of time after last year's midterm elections when interest in electoral politics would subside enough for real politics to happen have been disappointed. We had been hoping to be able to discuss and act upon the pressing environmental, economic, political, and social concerns More

Ron Jacobs (2019-02-08). The Alt-Right and US Capitalism in Decay. counterpunch.org In late 1934, the second edition of R. Palme Dutt's book titled Fascism and the Social Revolution was published. This book is an examination of the economic and political causes and nature of fascism. One of the most important sentences in the text appears in the introduction to this edition. It reads in part, "…Fascism is More

Lucy Schiller (2019-02-08). Forward Left: An Interview with Matt Christman of Chap Trap House. counterpunch.org Matt Christman is one host of the popular leftist podcast Chapo Trap House, which has been "on-air" (meaning online) for nearly three years. The podcast has been profiled in the New Yorker and elsewhere, and is either a revolting or a cathartic dose of political wit and irreverence, depending on who you ask. Christman is More

Rafael Khachaturian (2019-02-08). The American Left Resurgent: Prospects and Tensions. globalresearch.ca The American political system is experiencing a crisis of hegemony. The moderate, bipartisan center that had been the mythical linchpin of American politics during the "long Cold War" is facing the possibility of a terminal decline.1 Donald Trump's election …

Eds. (2019-02-08). President Nicolás Maduro's message to the American people. mronline.org I am Nicolás Maduro, constitutional president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, and I want to send a message to the American people to alert them to the media, communication and psychological warfare campaign that is developing in the international media and, above all, in the U.S. media against Venezuela. | Source

Consortiumnews (2019-02-08). Britain and the Iranian Revolution: Arms & Secret Deals. consortiumnews.com Mark Curtis reviews the expediency that for many decades has marked U.K. policy toward Iran. By Mark Curtis British Foreign Policy Declassified Forty years ago, the Iranian revolution sent a shockwave through the Middle East, overthrowing the Western client, Shah Mohammad… Read more →

Tanya Rawal-Jindia (2019-02-08). Ricardo Hausmann Is Taking Milton Friedman's Lessons to Venezuela. commondreams.org Ricardo Hausmann is both an economic and academic hitman, one who is willing to sell off his own birth country. (Photo: Youtube Screenshot) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

tricontinental (2019-02-08). A "Twelve Step Method" to Conduct Regime Change: From Chile (1973) to Venezuela (2019). globalresearch.ca Flashback, Chile (1970-73) | On 15 September 1970, US President Richard Nixon and National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger authorised the US government to do everything possible to undermine the incoming government of the socialist president of Chile, Salvador Allende. Nixon …

Peter Koenig (2019-02-08). Venezuela — The Straw that Breaks the Empire's Back? globalresearch.ca Venezuela in the limelight, on practically all the written, audio and visual mainstream media, as well as alternative media. A purposeful constant drip of outright lies and half-truths, "fake news", as well as misleading information of all shades and hues …

Cira Pascual Marquina (2019-02-08). Either Washington or Venezuela, savage capitalism or socialism. mronline.org Luis Britto Garcia is perhaps Venezuela's most highly regarded public intellectual. A firm supporter of the Bolivarian Process, he has written numerous plays, novels, historical investigations and film scripts and is also an incisive commentator on politics in the region. | Source

Prensa Latina (2019-02-08). This Day. US Blockade of Cuba Came into Effect 57 Years Ago. globalresearch.ca The United States' economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba celebrates today 57 years of its official enactment, repudiating the international community which considers this policy anachronistic and a violation of human rights. | According to historical notes, on February 3, …

Gideon Polya (2019-02-08). Resolutely Promised Prosecutions of Climate Criminals May Force Urgent Climate Action. globalresearch.ca Eminent climate scientist Professor James Hansen has published a must-read, 55-page summary of the worsening climate emergency. | In short, to correct the Earth's presently disastrous energy imbalance we must urgently reduce the atmospheric CO2 to 342-373 ppm CO2 from the …

Bryant Brown (2019-02-08). Economics: A Retrospective Book Review. globalresearch.ca Why read about a book that was published in 1948 and a text book at that? | For two reasons; first It wasn't just a textbook…. it was the economic textbook for most of the world for over half a century, …

Greg Guma (2019-02-08). Masters and Slaves: A Tale of Two Families. globalresearch.ca In 2003 I was asked by Kentucky State Senator Georgia Davis Powers to help research and write a book about her great aunt Celia Mudd, who was born into slavery but ultimately inherited the Lancaster property in Bardstown and became …

Register Peace & Freedom or Green (2019-02-08). Tax Time is Bye Bye Trump Time. indybay.org As predicted, as soon as people start filling out their tax forms, they realize, if they did not understand before, that Nazi Trump's election sales pitch of "helping" the average person was simply a billionaire enrichment scheme so that Billionaire Nazi Trump could steal from the National Treasury to make himself and his cronies richer, the only reason he had to run for office.

Social Media Analysis (2019-02-08). Problems With Facebook. indybay.org Facebook helps the government promote war and destabilization, violates client privacy, censors posts and fails to notify users when it does so, protects corporations over consumer activists etc.

pip.hinman (2019-02-08). Reject the shameful media campaign for regime change in Venezuela. greenleft.org.au Corporate media outlets in Australia and internationally are overwhelmingly campaigning in support of the United States' regime change push in Venezuela. | The US has waged an unrelenting destabilisation campaign to undermine the democratically elected government of Venezuela — one that dates back to when Hugo Chavez was first sworn in as president in 1998. | This campaign has included failed military coups, assassination attempts, economic warfare via sanctions and other measures. Throughout all this, the US has received the full backing of the corporate media. | These same corporate media outlets have lar…

Jubilee USA Network (2019-02-08). Puerto Rico Debt Deal Receives Court Approval. indybay.org Judge Laura Taylor Swain approved a deal to restructure $17 billion of Puerto Rico's $72 billion debt on Monday. Court approval was the last hurdle creditors and the island's oversight board needed for a plan to address sales tax backed debt or "COFINA" debt.

Grete Mautner (2019-02-08). Finally, Washington Is Now Law-Bound to Compensate Its Victims! globalresearch.ca Since most of us are aware of the way Washington approaches its alleged fight against terrorism, murdering tens of thousands of civilians in the process, it seems that the relatives of all those who perished under American bombs in Afghanistan, …

stuart_m (2019-02-08). European parliamentarians condemn EU support for US coup. greenleft.org.au Below is a February 4 letter signed by 39 members of the European Parliament. It comes from three different political groups in the European Parliament and condemns EU support for the attempted coup in Venezuela. | *** | Letter in defence of a political dialogue in Venezuela, guaranteeing that Latin America and the Caribbean remains a zone of peace. | We, the undersigned MEPs, condemn any expression of support provided to the ongoing coup attempt in Venezuela, as portrayed by the self-proclamation of Juan Guaidó as "Interim President" of the country. This self-proclamation finds no background in the Constitution…

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-02-08). Geo-Political Realignments Over Venezuela. therealnews.com On the heels of the hard-line anti-Maduro Lima Group meeting in Ottawa, countries favoring a negotiated solution, including Uruguay, Mexico, and Bolivia, met in Montevideo on Thursday. The final declaration, however, compromises Venezuela's sovereignty, according to Bolivia. We discuss the outcome with Miguel Tinker Salas and Greg Wilpert

RT (2019-02-08). Boiling Water challenge sends 8 to hospital, sparks warning against dangerous trend. rt.com Burn doctors are urging people not to participate in the 'Boiling Water Challenge' after eight participants were hospitalized after attempting the viral trend.

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-08). The Green New Deal Must Take on the Fossil Fuel Industry. therealnews.com Greenpeace's Janet Redman says the Green New Deal proposal from Rep. Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Markey is a step towards unprecedented climate action, but that it must mandate a phase-out of oil, gas, and coal

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-02-08). After Dissent in Louisiana Abortion Case, Warnings That 'Kavanaugh Has Declared War on Roe v. Wade'. commondreams.org While relieved that the Supreme Court temporarily blocked state's anti-abortion law, NARAL says "it's a sobering reminder that our rights hang by a dangerously thin thread." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

stuart_m (2019-02-08). The big charity heist. greenleft.org.au Against Charity
| By Daniel Raventos & Julie Wark
| AK Press, 2018
| 294 pages, $16.95 | One often hears that we should "give to charity". Is this a good idea? Daniel Raventos and Julie Wark wrote their view in Against Charity. Admittedly, the title is a give-away. | Charities aren't new, but in modern capitalist societies, many states have legislated to regulate charities. In this way, "the crumbs from the rich man's table can safely be given to the poor". | This, Raventos and Wark say, benefits the rich more than the poor. The "rich man … prides himself on his generosity, gets tax deductions, give…

pip.hinman (2019-02-08). Adani ramps up propaganda war, intimidation of activists. greenleft.org.au Adani has once again missed its own deadline for starting construction at its Carmichael coalmine in the Galilee Basin, but the coalmining giant is ramping up its propaganda war and intimidation of activists. | Adani is continuing to run advertisements and opinion pieces in newspapers, along with paying for huge billboards in Brisbane, all talking up the supposed jobs that the proposed mine will create. | But while Adani has announced that heavy construction equipment will be moved to the area and that it is engaging contractors, it will not be able to start construction unless it gets approval for its environmen…

True Publica (2019-02-08). 50 Days Until America's 'Brexit Prize' Becomes Reality. globalresearch.ca Brexit should be a wake-up call to all British people. When Vote Leave said Britain should 'take back control' — perhaps they were right because what the campaigning actually showed us was that Britain is being covertly turned into a …

stuart_m (2019-02-08). Gaza rallies for Venezuela to oppose US coup. greenleft.org.au Hundreds of Palestinians took to the streets of besieged Gaza on January 29 to show their support of the democratically-elected government of Venezuela and it's legitimate leader, President Nicolas Maduro. | Venezuela is struggling to defeat a coup attempt that is supported by the United States, Israel and many Western governments. | The relationship between Ve…

Alex Darocy (2019-02-08). Rest in Peace Sherry Conable. indybay.org In shocking news to the Santa Cruz activist community, Sherry Conable was identified as the woman found dead on Cowell Beach on Monday morning. Sherry participated in and organized countless political demonstrations and anti-war events over the course of decades in the Santa Cruz area. She will be dearly missed.

Olga Fajardo (2019-02-08). El Amor no se debe convertir en una lucha violenta. indybay.org La violencia Domestica contamina sin control todo a su paso, con golpes e insultos. Hay moretones que dejan trazos muchos más profundos que un cuerpo maltratado o herido, llena todo el espacio de un hogar dejándolocorrompido por el miedo, terror y difícil de respirar.

stuart_m (2019-02-08). Roger Waters on US coup: 'Leave Venezuela alone'. greenleft.org.au British musician and activist Roger Waters has called on people to act against the ongoing United States coup against the elected Venezuelan government. Waters specifically urged people to join the February 4 "emergency demonstration" in front of the US Mission to the United Nations (USUN) located in New York City. | TeleSUR English reported that Waters tweeted his call for people to join the march, organised by the December 12 Mo…

Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center (2019-02-08). Creating a Peaceful School – Conference Supporting Youth. indybay.org Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center at OSLC | 1035 Carol Lane | Lafayette, CA 94549…

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-02-08). Trump Admin Determined to Overthrow Venezuela's Maduro. therealnews.com Trump's efforts to overthrow the Maduro government in Venezuela reached new heights when it halted a Senate resolution supporting self-proclaimed president Guaidó because it also included a line against the use of US military force in Venezuela. We discuss the ramifications with CEPR's Mark Weisbrot

Dan Bacher (2019-02-08). PG&E Topples Western States Petroleum Association in California Lobbying Spending in 2018. indybay.org Two days before the filing of lobbying expenses by PG&E, Consumer Watchdog called for the ouster of the California Public Utilities Commission over its decision to extend a $6 billion credit line to Pacific Gas & Electric in what the group called "an unneeded emergency process that allowed no time for scrutiny."

Global (2019-02-08). Protest War Criminal Madeleine Albright. indybay.org Kaiser Permanente Arena | 140 Front Street | Santa Cruz, CA 95060…

Rachel M. Cohen (2019-02-08). Sheldon Adelson Got a Surprise Gift in the Middle of the Government Shutdown. theintercept.com Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire Republican casino mogul, is associated with a singular political project: his long-running mission to uproot the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv and plant it in Jerusalem instead. | But there's a second project — lower profile, but no less of a passionate priority — that Adelson has long been gunning for, and that's his war against online gambling. Adelson's casino empire is comprised of brick-and-mortar establishments, to which online gambling is a major threat, but Adelson says he is at war with online gambling for the good of society: Gambling in casinos is one thing, but…

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-02-07). Tulsi Gabbard Interview Turns Ugly as MSNBC Hosts Assail Her Anti-War Positions. mintpressnews.com Instead of allowing Gabbard to relay her vision, MSNBC and company hounded her, opting to shoot the messenger for advocating against the designation of a foreign leader as an "enemy" of the U.S.

Eds. (2019-02-07). Donald Trump's war of recolonization against Venezuela. mronline.org It is our duty to stop this war of recolonization, writes Samuel Moncada. Venezuela remains firm and in peace; nobody can isolate and divide us. — Trump | Source

Fight Back (2019-02-07). Twin Cities protesters say "U.S. hands off Venezuela" fightbacknews.org St. Paul, MN – On February 6 the Lake Street/Marshall bridge vigil focused on speaking out against U.S. intervention in Venezuela. Women Against Military Madness and Twin Cities Peace Campaign hold a weekly peace vigil on the Lake Street/Marshall Ave bridge over the Mississippi River. | A statement issued by organizers says in part, "On January 23, 2019 President Trump recognized Juan Guaido, the president of the Venezuelan National Assembly, as the interim president of Venezuela. The Trump administration is orchestrating a coup against a democratically elected government and we are concerned that U.S. intervent…

Vanessa Beeley (2019-02-07). Macron Tactics Against Yellow Vests Have Nothing to Do with Public Safety, Everything to Do with Global Politics. mintpressnews.com "We will not kneel, we will not fear reprisals, we will keep protesting until the end," said one Gilet Jaune protester to me on Saturday as the police tore into the crowd, scything people to the ground and trampling them underfoot.

Ricardo Vaz (2019-02-07). Venezuela: International Mediation Efforts Splinter as Tensions Build over Humanitarian Aid. venezuelanalysis.com US officials maintain hardline stance while fears of armed conflict over humanitarian aid delivery grow.

Joe Emersberger, The Canary (2019-02-07). Did Venezuela's President Really 'Steal' the 2018 Election from an Unknown Who Didn't Run? venezuelanalysis.com Joe Emersberger examines the mainstream media claims that Maduro "stole" the 2018 presidential election.

Lucas Koerner (2019-02-07). Venezuela: Coup d'Etat or Constitutional Transition? mintpressnews.com There's been a lot of misinformation in the international media about whether what is happening in Venezuela is a brazen US-led power grab or a constitutional transfer of power aided by the international community. | On January 23, National Assembly President Juan Guaido, who was virtually unknown in Venezuela before being selected for the legislative post on January 5, swore himself in as "interim president" of the South American country and was immediately…

Democracy Now! (2019-02-07). Headlines for February 7, 2019. democracynow.org Professor Details Sexual Assault Allegations Against Virginia Lt. Gov., Virginia AG Mark Herring Says He Wore Blackface at 1980 College Party, NASA and NOAA Data Show 2018 Was Among Hottest Years on Record, House Democrats Hold Hearing on Bill to Expand Gun Background Checks, House Advances Bill to End U.S. Support for Saudi-Led War in Yemen, Taliban Says U.S. Has Agreed to Halve Its Afghanistan Troop Presence, Honduran Prosecutors: Energy Executive Masterminded Berta Cáceres Murder, New Mexico Governor Withdraws National Guard from U.S.-Mexico Border, Pentagon Deploys 3,750 Additional Troops to U.S.-Mexico Borde…

STAFF (2019-02-07). Donald Trump May End Two Wars Only to Start a Third. truthdig.com While pledging to pull troops from Syria and Afghanistan, the president has ramped up tensions with Iran. An expert assesses the dangers.

Intibah and Ghassan Kadi (2019-02-07). How Extremists Undermined the Legitimate Push for Reform in Syria. mintpressnews.com Syria had many problems before the war and continues to grapple with some of them. Wars of such devastating magnitude almost invariably leave behind not only a trail of mess and destruction but also a countless number of corrupt officials and profiteers. Every dog has its day, and the cleanup will soon begin.

Tony Cartalucci (2019-02-07). The US Syria Withdrawal and the Myth of the Islamic State's "Return" globalresearch.ca At face value — the notion that the US occupation of Syria is key to preventing the return of the so-called "Islamic State" (ISIS) to Syrian territory is unconvincing. | Regions west of the Euphrates River where ISIS had previously thrived …

Philip M. Giraldi (2019-02-07). How Washington Became the World's Judge, Jury and Executioner. mintpressnews.com One of the most disturbing aspects of the past two years of Donald Trump foreign policy has been the assumption that decisions made by the United States are binding on the rest of the world. Apart from time of war, no other nation has ever sought to prevent other nations from trading with each other. And the United States has also uniquely sought to penalize other countries for alleged crimes that did not occur in the US and that did not involve American citizens, while also insisting that all nations must comply with whatever penalties are meted out by Washington. | The United States now sees itself as judge, ju…

SouthFront (2019-02-07). Pentagon Looking to Step up Its Disinformation Warfare. mintpressnews.com US Department of Defense officials are looking to weaponize disinformation, by looking for new "influencing tools" against "enemy propaganda," military.com reported. | The Pentagon wishes to expand its capabilities in irregular warfare, which according to Defense officials is a critical tool for defeating near-peer adversaries preemptively.As a department, we have often exhibited a historical preference in the past century for traditional high-end force rather than irregular solut…

Tom Secker (2019-02-07). US Army Documents Reveal Massive Support for 'Long Road Home' Miniseries, Possible Fraud at Military's Entertainment Liaison Office. mintpressnews.com The US Army provided such extensive support for National Geographic's drama, The Long Road Home, that the series likely could not have been made without Pentagon approval.

STAFF (2019-02-07). Big Banks Cut Jobs, Slash Lending After Billion-Dollar Tax Cut. truthdig.com Although big banks in the United States paid $21 billion less in taxes last year thanks to the Republican Party's push in late 2017 to lower rates for corporations and wealthy Americans, the nation's top financial institutions used those savings to benefit shareholders rather than workers and customers—just as critics of the #GOPTaxScam had warned they would. | After reviewing financial results and commentary from the 23 banks the Federal Reserve designates as most vi…

No War on Venezuela (2019-02-07). Global Day of Action: US Hands Off Venezuela! globalresearch.ca No U.S. War on Venezuela! | We cannot be silent in the face of the latest U.S. aggression against the Venezuelan people. Nicolás Maduro is the president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, chosen twice by the people as part of …

Ilana Novick (2019-02-07). Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Edward Markey Unveil 'Green New Deal' Bill. truthdig.com The earth is at risk for a climate crisis as early as 2040 according to a 2018 report from the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. That includes, as Coral Davenport explained in The New York Times, "worsening food shortages and wildfires, and a mass die-off of coral reefs." Amid this barrage of frightening news, advocates and lawmakers demanded solutions. They floated an ambitious "Green New Deal"; a set of policies designed to lower carbon emissions, reduce the use of fos…

commondreams (2019-02-07). Jessica J. Gonz√°lez Testifies Before Congress: Net Neutrality a Step Toward Remedying Structural Racism in Communications. commondreams.org ______________________________…

STAFF (2019-02-07). Frank Robinson, Baseball's Fearsome Trailblazer, Dies at 83. truthdig.com Crowding the plate, fearsome and fearless, Frank Robinson hammered his way into the Hall of Fame. | His legacy, however, was cemented that day in 1975 when he simply stood in the dugout at old Cleveland Stadium — the first black manager in Major League Baseball. | Robinson, the only player to earn the MVP award in both leagues and a Triple Crown winner, died Thursday at 83. He had been in failing health and in hospice care at his home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles. MLB said he was with family and friends at the time. | "Frank Robinson's resume in our game is without parallel, a trailblazer in every…

Robert C. Hockett (2019-02-07). The Green New Deal Is What our Planet Has Been Waiting For. commondreams.org The Green New Deal will be funded as all other ambitious American projects through history have been, from national development through war efforts to tax cuts.(Photo: Peg Hunter/flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Consortiumnews (2019-02-07). Okinawa and the US Military Link to PFAS Toxins. consortiumnews.com The Japanese island hosting U.S. military bases and training sites is a forerunner in exposing the contamination, writes Pat Elder. Fire-Fighting Exercises Spread 'Forever Chemicals' By Pat Elder World BEYOND War Contaminants are being detected in water samplings in communities… Read more →

Nauman Sadiq (2019-02-07). Why Is Islam the Fastest Growing Religion of the Modern Era? globalresearch.ca What bothers me is not that we are unable to find solutions to our problems, what bothers me more is the fact that neoliberals are so utterly unaware of real structural issues that their attempts to sort out tangential problems …

unitedEditor (2019-02-07). Will INSTEX alleviate Iran's Economic Problems? uwidata.com After more than nine months of delay, the Europeans have announced the registration of their so-called economic package to convince Iran to stay in the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action), which was signed between Iran and the P5+1. The package which should have been called SPV (Special Purpose Vehicle for Iran) is now called […]

unitedEditor (2019-02-07). Marzieh Hashemi: taken captive by Democracy. uwidata.com The unmotivated arrest and custody of Iranian journalist Marzieh Hashemi, an American national working for Press TV, has shown the whole world once again how the paragon of the Free World tramples on reporters' rights. Marzieh Hashemi, the face of the Iranian channel, an African-American with dual citizenship, was detained at an airport in St […]

RT News (2019-02-07). Venezuela Seizes 'US Weapons Shipment' as Trump Vows to Support 'Noble Quest for Freedom'. globalresearch.ca Donald Trump has expressed full support for the Venezuelan opposition to oust President Nicolas Maduro from power, just as the country's authorities announced they'd seized a cache of weapons, allegedly delivered from the US. | The US-made weapons were discovered at …

Eds. (2019-02-07). Signatures against Intervention Threats Collected in Venezuela. mronline.org On Wednesday, Venezuelans will demand the end of the interventionist pretentions of the government of the United States at the beginning of a nationwide signature-collecting campaign called by President Nicolas Maduro. | Source

Ellen Brown (2019-02-07). The Venezuela Myth Keeping Us From Transforming Our Economy. truthdig.com Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) is getting significant media attention these days, after Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said in an interview that it should "be a larger part of our conversation" when it comes to funding the "Green New Deal." According to MMT, the government can spend what it needs without worrying about deficits. MMT expert and Bernie Sanders adviser professor Stephanie Kelton says the government actually creates money when it spends. The re…

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-02-07). Meeting in Moscow: The Taliban Meets the Afghan Opposition. globalresearch.ca It had the semblance of a play lacking key actors. They were deemed the difficult ones, and a decision was made to go through with the performance. The Taliban were willing to talk with their adversaries, but they were keen …

William Bowles (2019-02-07). Why I Defend Jeremy Corbyn but Don't Support Him. globalresearch.ca In Defence of Jeremy Corbyn | First off, let me get the 'defending Corbyn' bit out of the way. I do defend Corbyn's defence of the downtrodden and the dispossessed, a rare quality in Britain's despicable, dishonest and hypocritical political class. …

pip.hinman (2019-02-07). Hickey family demands parliamentary inquiry into TJ's death 15 years ago. greenleft.org.au On February 14, the family and supporters of TJ Hickey will meet at the park they have named after the young Kamilaroi man, 15 years after he was murdered by the NSW police. | On that tragic day in 2004, TJ was riding his bike in Redfern, unaware of what was going to happen next. Constable Michael Hollingsworth started to pursue him. At the corner of Phillip and George streets, the police car was so close that in the cul de sac between the two towers it rammed the bike. TJ was thrown off the bike and on to the spiked fence…

Whitney Webb (2019-02-07). WikiLeaks Reveals US Military Use of IMF, World Bank as "Unconventional" Weapons. theantimedia.com (MPN) — In a leaked military manual on "unconventional warfare" recently highlighted by WikiLeaks, the U.S. Army states that major global financial institutions — such as the World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) — are used as unconventional, financial "weapons in times of conflict up to …

Rebecca Nathanson (2019-02-07). Activists Avoid Jail in U.K. After Blocking Plane From Deporting Migrants. theintercept.com On Wednesday morning, a group of British activists entered Chelmsford Crown Court, about 30 miles northeast of London, carrying backpacks and tote bags stuffed full. The Stansted 15, as the group has become known, had arrived for a sentencing hearing, and some of them had come prepared to face years in jail. In December, the activists were found guilty of committing a terrorism-related offense after they broke into an airport and blocked the departure of a government-chartered plane that was set to deport migrants and asylum-seekers. | But the group need not have packed their bags. Twelve of the defendants receiv…

Jessica Corbett (2019-02-07). "Breathtaking and Terrifying": UN Partners With CIA-Funded Palantir. theantimedia.com (CD) — The CIA-funded California software firm Palantir Technologies and the World Food Program (WFP) have announced a five-year $45 million partnership that data privacy and human rights advocates are describing as "breathtaking and terrifying" as well as "horribly irresponsible and potentially incredibly harmful." The partnership, according to a joint statement released Tuesday, builds on a pilot project that allowed the United Nations …

2019-02-08: Social Media Postees

The Great Con of American Patriotism
Robert Scheer | truthdig.com | 2019-02-08
American soldiers born decades apart in the state of New York, Ron Kovic and Maj. Danny Sjursen, are two crucial dissenting voices that have experienced firsthand the futility and brutality of America's interventionist wars. Kovic, a marine veteran who was paralyzed in the Vietnam war, has spent the rest of his life fighting against the U.S. war machine. The film "Born on the Fourth of July," starring Tom Cruise, was based on his book, works he'd hoped would combine with his activism to dissuade young people from buying into the toxic patriotism that leads Americans to fight destructive, ultimately pointless wars…
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Venezuela: From Oil Proxy to the Bolivarian Movement and Sabotage
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-08
Michel Chossudovsky talks to Bonnie Faulkner on Guns and Butter. | We discuss the economic and political crisis in Venezuela, its history as an oil proxy nation since the discovery of oil in 1918, through successive dictatorships, coups d'etats, a … | The post Venezuela: From Oil Proxy to the Bolivarian Movement and Sabotage appeared first on Global Research.
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Peace in Afghanistan? The Taliban's Moscow Travels Have Turned Them into Seasoned Diplomats
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-08
From the caves of the Hindu Kush mountains to conference rooms in swanky Moscow hotels, the Taliban have come a long way in their national liberation struggle and are proving themselves by the day to be the most capable stewards … | The post Peace in Afghanistan? The Taliban's Moscow Travels Have Turned Them into Seasoned Diplomats appeared first on Global Research.
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The 'Peacekeeper' Vigilante Website and Freedom of Speech in Ukraine
Halyna Mokrushyna | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
The 2013-2014 pro-European Union protest movement in Ukraine known as the 'Euromaidan' is officially celebrated in Ukraine and is largely recognized in the West as a pro-democratic, peaceful, popular revolution against the 'corrupt autocratic regime' (according to the mainstream Western and Ukrainian media) of president Victor Yanukovych. Ukrainians should now breathe more freely, live better…
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On the Front Lines of the Climate Change Movement: Mike Roselle Draws a Line
Jeffrey St. Clair, Joshua Frank | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
The beard is graying. The hair is clipped military-short. He is a large man, oddly shaped, like a cross between a grizzly and a javelina. It's Roselle, of course, Mike Roselle–the outside agitator. He and a fellow activist have just spread an anti-coal banner in front of a growling bulldozer in West Virginia on a cold February morning in 2009. He's in this icy and unforgiving land to oppose a brutal mining operation and will soon be arrested for trespassing. Massey Energy, the target of Roselle's protest, is the fourth largest coal extractor in the United States, mining nearly 40 million tons of coal in Ken…
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"Raising Voices for Yemen" Defendants to Appear in New York City Criminal Court on February 25
Voices for Creative Nonviolence | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-08
On January 2nd, 2019, eleven people from New York, New Jersey, Maine, Illinois and Iowa protested the the Saudi-led, U.S.-supported bombardment and siege of Yemen by nonviolently blocking the doors of the United States Permanent Mission to the United Nations … | The post "Raising Voices for Yemen" Defendants to Appear in New York City Criminal Court on February 25 appeared first on Global Research.
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Why Ann Coulter Has Power: U.S. Politics are Authoritarian by Design
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
Recently a correspondent from overseas wrote to ask me how it is that Donald Trump perseveres with his absurd nativist demand — replete with threats of a second government shut-down or a Declaration of National Emergency — for a completed wall to stop a fake and racist brown menace on the southern United States border despite the fact that his demand and his threats are opposed by a solid majority of U.S.-Americans.
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Roaming Charges: Back in Blackface
Jeffrey St. Clair | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
+ All of these Virginians running around in blackface better hope they don't bump into Liam Neeson, when he's out power-walking. + Ralph "Coonman" Northam: That's not my name. That's not me. I never said that. That's not my yearbook page. I never saw the yearbook. When I dressed in blackface, it was as Michael Jackson at…
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As Abbas Ages, Fatah Moves to Consolidate Power
Ramzy Baroud | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
Five years after spearheading what is inaptly referred to as a 'government of national reconciliation', Palestinian Prime Minister, Rami Hamdallah, has finally resigned. "We put our government at the disposal of President Mahmoud Abbas and we welcome the recommendations of the Fatah Central Committee to form a new government," Hamdallah tweeted, shortly after Abbas had…
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US media trying to drum up a new 'Cold War'
Dave Lindorff | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
It's not a new or revived Cold War yet between the US and Russia, but not for lack of trying by the corporate US media. The latest example of absurd fear-mongering was brought to us courtesy of Fox Business News, with anchor Trish Regan darkly warned that…
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U.S. media ignore–and applaud–economic war on Venezuela
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-02-08
The U.S. media chorus supporting a U.S. overthrow of the Venezuelan government has for years pointed to the country's economic crisis as a justification for regime change, while whitewashing the ways in which the U.S. has strangled the Venezuelan economy (FAIR.org, 3/22/18). Sister Eugenia Russian, president of Fundalatin, a Venezuelan human rights NGO that was […] | Source…
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Whitaker Committee Testimony Uncertain Amid Subpoena Threat
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-02-08
WASHINGTON — An expected congressional appearance by Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker was thrown into uncertainty Thursday after House Democrats threatened to subpoena his testimony about the special counsel's Russia investigation. | The back-and-forth between the Justice Department and the House Judiciary Committee raised questions about whether and under what conditions Whitaker, likely in his final days as the country's chief law enforcement officer, would appear Friday before the House Judiciary Committee. | Whitaker's testimony has been highly anticipated by Democrats eager to press him on his…
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Don't Expect Rulers of Nuclear-Armed Nations to Accept Nuclear Disarmament―Unless They're Pushed to Do So
Lawrence Wittner | commondreams.org | 2019-02-08
Gorbachev and Reagan sign the INF Treaty in 1987. (Photo: Wikipedia) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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'America First' Means Nuclear Superiority
M. K. Bhadrakumar | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-08
The US president's annual State of the Union address traditionally focuses on domestic issues but it also throws some light on the foreign policy priorities. President Trump's speech on Tuesday adhered to the pattern and if anything, the portions on … | The post 'America First' Means Nuclear Superiority. appeared first on Global Research.
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The Scream: the Origins of Venezuela's Economic Crisis
Paul Bentley | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
Trump has said that his government is "too far along in the process" of regime change in Venezuela for him to meet with Maduro. This stands in contrast to his readiness to meet again with Kim Jung-un, who is already "too far along" in the process of developing nuclear weapons for Trump to do otherwise.
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Al-Nusra Front: Islamic State's Breakaway Faction in Syria's Idlib
Nauman Sadiq | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-08
During the eight-year proxy war in Syria, Abu Mohammad al-Jolani, the leader of al-Nusra Front, has emerged as the second most influential militant leader after the Islamic State's [alleged] chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. In fact, since the beginning | … | The post Al-Nusra Front: Islamic State's Breakaway Faction in Syria's Idlib appeared first on Global Research.
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Don't Blame the Afghan Army for the Country's Poverty
Brian Cloughley | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
No matter what happens in Afghanistan, a most important factor in the region will continue to be the army of Pakistan which has had to move large numbers of troops to the border to counter revolutionary militants. In the event of civil war in Afghanistan, Pakistan will be subject to even more threat from over…
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Afghanistan, Venezuela and U.S. Interference
Robert Fantina | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
In this troubling week, this writer has seen a variety of disturbing news stories. Ok, that's nothing new, we all know. But there are two that he would like to focus on today. First, he saw an editorial saying that the U.S. must not abandon Afghanistan. He attempted to make some sense of this series…
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Corporate Interests Could Underlie Canada's Support for Venezuela Coup
Nick Rehwaldt | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-08
OTTAWA, CANADA — Canada's government has now officially recognized Juan Guaidó of the "Voluntad Popular" Party as the leader of Venezuela. This support, in tandem with the EU, follows U.S. President Donald Trump's immediate recognition of Juan Guaidó's violent opposition party, and Guaido as the Interim President of Venezuela. | Canada's foreign minister, Chrystia Freeland, has expressed support for the ongoing coup in Venezuela. Last week, Canada hosted a summi…
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How the Age of Billionaires Ends
Josh Hoxie | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
Every month or so there's a stunning new headline statistic about just how stark our economic divide has become. Understanding that this divide exists is a good start. Appreciating that a deeply unfair and unequal economy is problematic is even better. Actually doing something about it — that's the best. As 2020 presidential hopefuls start…
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What We Know About 2020 Eighteen Months Out
Andrew Levine | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
Those of us who had been looking forward to a substantial span of time after last year's midterm elections when interest in electoral politics would subside enough for real politics to happen have been disappointed. We had been hoping to be able to discuss and act upon the pressing environmental, economic, political, and social concerns…
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Trump Sanctions, Regime Change Strategy in Venezuela Can Only Cause More Violence and Suffering
Mark Weisbrot | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
Washington has been trying to topple Venezuela's government for at least 17 years, but the Trump administration has taken a more openly aggressive tack than its predecessors. Last week, administration officials kicked their efforts into high gear by anointing their chosen successor to Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro Moros in advance of any coup d'etat. The 35-year-old…
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Paris Live: Who Will Protect Us From the Police ?
James Graham | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
We sat on the steps of the Madeleine while the sirens skrieked and the scene unfolded like a ritual with no humans, like one of those unhappy films about the future where everything moves in choreographed, hypnotic motion, the narrative pulsing to a high pitch of danger and fear. You would have thought that Paris…
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An Interview the Saker on Venezuela
Michael Hudson | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
Introduction: There is a great deal of controversy about the true shape of the Venezuelan economy and whether Hugo Chavez' and Nicholas Maduro's reform and policies were crucial for the people of Venezuela or whether they were completely misguided and precipitated the current crises. Anybody and everybody seems to have very strong held views about this.
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We Are Not in Treblinka
Tommy Raskin | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
Because of my pronounced skepticism of war, my friends often prod me to consider whether there are any historic acts of mass violence that, given the opportunity, I actually would have supported. One such act always comes to mind, and its morally relevant characteristics are certainly not unique to it. This happened in 1943, well…
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Outcome-Based Grazing: a Cattle Industry Public Lands Power Grab
Katie Fite | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
Just before the shutdown, Idaho's Bruneau BLM issued a new environmental analysis and grazing decisions for Battle Creek, East Castle Creek and Owens allotments in the Owyhee region. BECO for short. These lands are part of the largest block of relatively unfragmented sagebrush habitat left in the world. They are home to pygmy rabbit, sage-grouse,…
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Canada, Israel and the "Rule of Law"
David Kattenburg | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
On the ropes for arresting Huawei executive Meng Wanzhau, as US-Canada extradition law required, now under fire, two of its own diplomats held by the vengeful Chinese, and a third Canadian facing execution on drug-smuggling charges, coveted trade relations in peril, Ottawa has been staking out high minded positions. Few are higher minded — or…
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SOTU: These Are Dangerous Times, and Our Government is Largely to Blame
John W. Whitehead | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
"As I look at America today, I am not afraid to say that I am afraid." –Bertram Gross, Friendly Fascism: The New Face of Power in America These are dangerous times. Mind you, when I say that these are dangerous times, it is not because of violent crime, which remains at an all-time low, or…
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What We Know About 2020, Eighteen Months Out
Andrew Levine | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
Those of us who had been looking forward to a substantial span of time after last year's midterm elections when interest in electoral politics would subside enough for real politics to happen have been disappointed. We had been hoping to be able to discuss and act upon the pressing environmental, economic, political, and social concerns…
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The Alt-Right and US Capitalism in Decay
Ron Jacobs | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
In late 1934, the second edition of R. Palme Dutt's book titled Fascism and the Social Revolution was published. This book is an examination of the economic and political causes and nature of fascism. One of the most important sentences in the text appears in the introduction to this edition. It reads in part,…
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Forward Left: An Interview with Matt Christman of Chap Trap House
Lucy Schiller | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
Matt Christman is one host of the popular leftist podcast Chapo Trap House, which has been "on-air" (meaning online) for nearly three years. The podcast has been profiled in the New Yorker and elsewhere, and is either a revolting or a cathartic dose of political wit and irreverence, depending on who you ask. Christman is…
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The Seattle General Strike: a 100-Year Legacy
Cal Winslow | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
There will be many cheering and there will be some who fear. Both of these emotions are useful, but not too much of either. We are undertaking the most tremendous move ever made by LABOR in this country, a move which will lead — NO ONE KNOWS WHERE! We do not need hysteria. We need…
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Beyond Corporate Power
Richard Moser | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
The problem is not that the corporations are "out of control," the problem is that the corporations are so much "in control." By seeing neoliberalism as Free Market Fundamentalism (FMF) rather than Corporate Power we underestimate the challenges ahead. FMF does not help us to know what tactics and strategies are best because it cannot tell us about the enemy…
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Greenwashing the Climate Catastrophe
Kenn Orphan | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
"With "capitalism in danger of falling apart" (a rare, cryptically honest quote from Al Gore), and years of stagnant global economic growth now in a free fall, the Greta campaign must be understood for what it is. An elaborate distraction that has nothing to do with protecting the natural world, and everything to do with…
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The American Left Resurgent: Prospects and Tensions
Rafael Khachaturian | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-08
The American political system is experiencing a crisis of hegemony. The moderate, bipartisan center that had been the mythical linchpin of American politics during the "long Cold War" is facing the possibility of a terminal decline.1 Donald Trump's election … | The post The American Left Resurgent: Prospects and Tensions appeared first on Global Research.
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Britain and the Iranian Revolution: Arms & Secret Deals
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-02-08
Mark Curtis reviews the expediency that for many decades has marked U.K. policy toward Iran. By Mark Curtis British Foreign Policy Declassified Forty years ago, the Iranian revolution sent a shockwave through the Middle East, overthrowing the Western client, Shah Mohammad… Read more ?…
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President Nicolás Maduro's message to the American people
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-02-08
I am Nicolás Maduro, constitutional president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, and I want to send a message to the American people to alert them to the media, communication and psychological warfare campaign that is developing in the international media and, above all, in the U.S. media against Venezuela. | Source…
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Either Washington or Venezuela, savage capitalism or socialism
Cira Pascual Marquina | mronline.org | 2019-02-08
Luis Britto Garcia is perhaps Venezuela's most highly regarded public intellectual. A firm supporter of the Bolivarian Process, he has written numerous plays, novels, historical investigations and film scripts and is also an incisive commentator on politics in the region. | Source…
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Venezuela — The Straw that Breaks the Empire's Back?
Peter Koenig | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-08
Venezuela in the limelight, on practically all the written, audio and visual mainstream media, as well as alternative media. A purposeful constant drip of outright lies and half-truths, "fake news", as well as misleading information of all shades and hues | … | The post Venezuela — The Straw that Breaks the Empire's Back? appeared first on Global Research.
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Ricardo Hausmann Is Taking Milton Friedman's Lessons to Venezuela
Tanya Rawal-Jindia | commondreams.org | 2019-02-08
Ricardo Hausmann is both an economic and academic hitman, one who is willing to sell off his own birth country. (Photo: Youtube Screenshot) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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A "Twelve Step Method" to Conduct Regime Change: From Chile (1973) to Venezuela (2019)
tricontinental | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-08
Flashback, Chile (1970-73) | On 15 September 1970, US President Richard Nixon and National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger authorised the US government to do everything possible to undermine the incoming government of the socialist president of Chile, Salvador Allende. Nixon … | The post A "Twelve Step Method" to Conduct Regime Change: From Chile (1973) to Venezuela (2019) appeared first on Global Research.
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Masters and Slaves: A Tale of Two Families
Greg Guma | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-08
In 2003 I was asked by Kentucky State Senator Georgia Davis Powers to help research and write a book about her great aunt Celia Mudd, who was born into slavery but ultimately inherited the Lancaster property in Bardstown and became | … | The post Masters and Slaves: A Tale of Two Families appeared first on Global Research.
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Economics: A Retrospective Book Review
Bryant Brown | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-08
Why read about a book that was published in 1948 and a text book at that? | For two reasons; first It wasn't just a textbook…. it was the economic textbook for most of the world for over half a century, … | The post Economics: A Retrospective Book Review appeared first on Global Research.
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Resolutely Promised Prosecutions of Climate Criminals May Force Urgent Climate Action
Gideon Polya | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-08
Eminent climate scientist Professor James Hansen has published a must-read, 55-page summary of the worsening climate emergency. | In short, to correct the Earth's presently disastrous energy imbalance we must urgently reduce the atmospheric CO2 to 342-373 ppm CO2 from the … | The post Resolutely Promised Prosecutions of Climate Criminals May Force Urgent Climate Action appeared first on Global Research.
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This Day. US Blockade of Cuba Came into Effect 57 Years Ago
Prensa Latina | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-08
The United States' economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba celebrates today 57 years of its official enactment, repudiating the international community which considers this policy anachronistic and a violation of human rights. | According to historical notes, on February 3, … | The post This Day. US Blockade of Cuba Came into Effect 57 Years Ago appeared first on Global Research.
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Geo-Political Realignments Over Venezuela
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-02-08
On the heels of the hard-line anti-Maduro Lima Group meeting in Ottawa, countries favoring a negotiated solution, including Uruguay, Mexico, and Bolivia, met in Montevideo on Thursday. The final declaration, however, compromises Venezuela's sovereignty, according to Bolivia. We discuss the outcome with Miguel Tinker Salas and Greg Wilpert | The post Geo-Political Realignments Over Venezuela appeared first on The Real News Network.
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The Green New Deal Must Take on the Fossil Fuel Industry
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-02-08
Greenpeace's Janet Redman says the Green New Deal proposal from Rep. Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Markey is a step towards unprecedented climate action, but that it must mandate a phase-out of oil, gas, and coal | The post The Green New Deal Must Take on the Fossil Fuel Industry appeared first on The Real News Network.
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Adani ramps up propaganda war, intimidation of activists
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-08
Adani has once again missed its own deadline for starting construction at its Carmichael coalmine in the Galilee Basin, but the coalmining giant is ramping up its propaganda war and intimidation of activists. | Adani is continuing to run advertisements and opinion pieces in newspapers, along with paying for huge billboards in Brisbane, all talking up the supposed jobs that the proposed mine will create. | But while Adani has announced that heavy construction equipment will be moved to the area and that it is engaging contractors, it will not be able to start construction unless it gets approval for its environmen…
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Sheldon Adelson Got a Surprise Gift in the Middle of the Government Shutdown
Rachel M. Cohen | theintercept.com | 2019-02-08
Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire Republican casino mogul, is associated with a singular political project: his long-running mission to uproot the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv and plant it in Jerusalem instead. | But there's a second project — lower profile, but no less of a passionate priority — that Adelson has long been gunning for, and that's his war against online gambling. Adelson's casino empire is comprised of brick-and-mortar establishments, to which online gambling is a major threat, but Adelson says he is at war with online gambling for the good of society: Gambling in casinos is one thing, but…
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Trump Admin Determined to Overthrow Venezuela's Maduro
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-02-08
Trump's efforts to overthrow the Maduro government in Venezuela reached new heights when it halted a Senate resolution supporting self-proclaimed president Guaidó because it also included a line against the use of US military force in Venezuela. We discuss the ramifications with CEPR's Mark Weisbrot | The post Trump Admin Determined to Overthrow Venezuela's Maduro appeared first on The Real News Network.
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European parliamentarians condemn EU support for US coup
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-08
Below is a February 4 letter signed by 39 members of the European Parliament. It comes from three different political groups in the European Parliament and condemns EU support for the attempted coup in Venezuela. | *** | Letter in defence of a political dialogue in Venezuela, guaranteeing that Latin America and the Caribbean remains a zone of peace. | We, the undersigned MEPs, condemn any expression of support provided to the ongoing coup attempt in Venezuela, as portrayed by the self-proclamation of Juan Guaidó as "Interim President" of the country. This self-proclamation finds no background in the Constitution…
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Finally, Washington Is Now Law-Bound to Compensate Its Victims!
Grete Mautner | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-08
Since most of us are aware of the way Washington approaches its alleged fight against terrorism, murdering tens of thousands of civilians in the process, it seems that the relatives of all those who perished under American bombs in Afghanistan, … | The post Finally, Washington Is Now Law-Bound to Compensate Its Victims! appeared first on Global Research.
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Rest in Peace Sherry Conable
Alex Darocy | indybay.org | 2019-02-08
In shocking news to the Santa Cruz activist community, Sherry Conable was identified as the woman found dead on Cowell Beach on Monday morning. Sherry participated in and organized countless political demonstrations and anti-war events over the course of decades in the Santa Cruz area. She will be dearly missed.
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Roger Waters on US coup: 'Leave Venezuela alone'
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-08
British musician and activist Roger Waters has called on people to act against the ongoing United States coup against the elected Venezuelan government. Waters specifically urged people to join the February 4 "emergency demonstration" in front of the US Mission to the United Nations (USUN) located in New York City. | TeleSUR English reported that Waters tweeted his call for people to join the march, organised by the December 12 Mo…
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50 Days Until America's 'Brexit Prize' Becomes Reality
True Publica | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-08
Brexit should be a wake-up call to all British people. When Vote Leave said Britain should 'take back control' — perhaps they were right because what the campaigning actually showed us was that Britain is being covertly turned into a … | The post 50 Days Until America's 'Brexit Prize' Becomes Reality appeared first on Global Research.
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Tax Time is Bye Bye Trump Time
Register Peace & Freedom or Green | indybay.org | 2019-02-08
As predicted, as soon as people start filling out their tax forms, they realize, if they did not understand before, that Nazi Trump's election sales pitch of "helping" the average person was simply a billionaire enrichment scheme so that Billionaire Nazi Trump could steal from the National Treasury to make himself and his cronies richer, the only reason he had to run for office.
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After Dissent in Louisiana Abortion Case, Warnings That 'Kavanaugh Has Declared War on Roe v. Wade'
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-02-08
While relieved that the Supreme Court temporarily blocked state's anti-abortion law, NARAL says "it's a sobering reminder that our rights hang by a dangerously thin thread." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Problems With Facebook
Social Media Analysis | indybay.org | 2019-02-08
Facebook helps the government promote war and destabilization, violates client privacy, censors posts and fails to notify users when it does so, protects corporations over consumer activists etc.
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Puerto Rico Debt Deal Receives Court Approval
Jubilee USA Network | indybay.org | 2019-02-08
Judge Laura Taylor Swain approved a deal to restructure $17 billion of Puerto Rico's $72 billion debt on Monday. Court approval was the last hurdle creditors and the island's oversight board needed for a plan to address sales tax backed debt or "COFINA" debt.
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Protest War Criminal Madeleine Albright
Global | indybay.org | 2019-02-08
Kaiser Permanente Arena | 140 Front Street | Santa Cruz, CA 95060…
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Boiling Water challenge sends 8 to hospital, sparks warning against dangerous trend
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-08
Burn doctors are urging people not to participate in the 'Boiling Water Challenge' after eight participants were hospitalized after attempting the viral trend. | …
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Gaza rallies for Venezuela to oppose US coup
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-08
Hundreds of Palestinians took to the streets of besieged Gaza on January 29 to show their support of the democratically-elected government of Venezuela and it's legitimate leader, President Nicolas Maduro. | Venezuela is struggling to defeat a coup attempt that is supported by the United States, Israel and many Western governments. | The relationship between Ve…
greenleft.org.au/content/gaza-rallies-venezuela-oppose-us-coup

Creating a Peaceful School – Conference Supporting Youth
Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center | indybay.org | 2019-02-08
Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center at OSLC | 1035 Carol Lane | Lafayette, CA 94549…
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PG&E Topples Western States Petroleum Association in California Lobbying Spending in 2018
Dan Bacher | indybay.org | 2019-02-08
Two days before the filing of lobbying expenses by PG&E, Consumer Watchdog called for the ouster of the California Public Utilities Commission over its decision to extend a $6 billion credit line to Pacific Gas & Electric in what the group called "an unneeded emergency process that allowed no time for scrutiny."
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Reject the shameful media campaign for regime change in Venezuela
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-08
Corporate media outlets in Australia and internationally are overwhelmingly campaigning in support of the United States' regime change push in Venezuela. | The US has waged an unrelenting destabilisation campaign to undermine the democratically elected government of Venezuela — one that dates back to when Hugo Chavez was first sworn in as president in 1998. | This campaign has included failed military coups, assassination attempts, economic warfare via sanctions and other measures. Throughout all this, the US has received the full backing of the corporate media. | These same corporate media outlets have lar…
greenleft.org.au/content/reject-shameful-media-campaign-regime-change-venezuela

El Amor no se debe convertir en una lucha violenta
Olga Fajardo | indybay.org | 2019-02-08
La violencia Domestica contamina sin control todo a su paso, con golpes e insultos. Hay moretones que dejan trazos muchos más profundos que un cuerpo maltratado o herido, llena todo el espacio de un hogar dejándolocorrompido por el miedo, terror y difícil de respirar.
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The big charity heist
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-08
Against Charity | By Daniel Raventos & Julie Wark | AK Press, 2018 | 294 pages, $16.95 | One often hears that we should "give to charity". Is this a good idea? Daniel Raventos and Julie Wark wrote their view in Against Charity. Admittedly, the title is a give-away. | Charities aren't new, but in modern capitalist societies, many states have legislated to regulate charities. In this way, "the crumbs from the rich man's table can safely be given to the poor". | This, Raventos and Wark say, benefits the rich more than the poor. The "rich man … prides himself on his generosity, gets tax deductions, give…
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Tulsi Gabbard Interview Turns Ugly as MSNBC Hosts Assail Her Anti-War Positions
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-07
Instead of allowing Gabbard to relay her vision, MSNBC and company hounded her, opting to shoot the messenger for advocating against the designation of a foreign leader as an "enemy" of the U.S. | The post Tulsi Gabbard Interview Turns Ugly as MSNBC Hosts Assail Her Anti-War Positions appeared first on MintPress News.
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Donald Trump's war of recolonization against Venezuela
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-02-07
It is our duty to stop this war of recolonization, writes Samuel Moncada. Venezuela remains firm and in peace; nobody can isolate and divide us. — Trump | Source…
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Twin Cities protesters say "U.S. hands off Venezuela"
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-02-07
St. Paul, MN – On February 6 the Lake Street/Marshall bridge vigil focused on speaking out against U.S. intervention in Venezuela. Women Against Military Madness and Twin Cities Peace Campaign hold a weekly peace vigil on the Lake Street/Marshall Ave bridge over the Mississippi River. | A statement issued by organizers says in part, "On January 23, 2019 President Trump recognized Juan Guaido, the president of the Venezuelan National Assembly, as the interim president of Venezuela. The Trump administration is orchestrating a coup against a democratically elected government and we are concerned that U.S. intervent…
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Macron Tactics Against Yellow Vests Have Nothing to Do with Public Safety, Everything to Do with Global Politics
Vanessa Beeley | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-07
"We will not kneel, we will not fear reprisals, we will keep protesting until the end," said one Gilet Jaune protester to me on Saturday as the police tore into the crowd, scything people to the ground and trampling them underfoot. | The post Macron Tactics Against Yellow Vests Have Nothing to Do with Public Safety, Everything to Do with Global Politics appeared first on MintPress News.
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Did Venezuela's President Really 'Steal' the 2018 Election from an Unknown Who Didn't Run?
Joe Emersberger, The Canary | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-07
Joe Emersberger examines the mainstream media claims that Maduro "stole" the 2018 presidential election.
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Venezuela: International Mediation Efforts Splinter as Tensions Build over Humanitarian Aid
Ricardo Vaz | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-07
US officials maintain hardline stance while fears of armed conflict over humanitarian aid delivery grow.
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Venezuela: International Mediation Efforts Splinter as Tensions Build over Humanitarian Aid
Ricardo Vaz | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-07
US officials maintain hardline stance while fears of armed conflict over humanitarian aid delivery grow.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14307

Headlines for February 7, 2019
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-07
Professor Details Sexual Assault Allegations Against Virginia Lt. Gov., Virginia AG Mark Herring Says He Wore Blackface at 1980 College Party, NASA and NOAA Data Show 2018 Was Among Hottest Years on Record, House Democrats Hold Hearing on Bill to Expand Gun Background Checks, House Advances Bill to End U.S. Support for Saudi-Led War in Yemen, Taliban Says U.S. Has Agreed to Halve Its Afghanistan Troop Presence, Honduran Prosecutors: Energy Executive Masterminded Berta Cáceres Murder, New Mexico Governor Withdraws National Guard from U.S.-Mexico Border, Pentagon Deploys 3,750 Additional Troops to U.S.-Mexico Borde…
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Donald Trump May End Two Wars Only to Start a Third
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-02-07
While pledging to pull troops from Syria and Afghanistan, the president has ramped up tensions with Iran. An expert assesses the dangers. | The post Donald Trump May End Two Wars Only to Start a Third appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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The US Syria Withdrawal and the Myth of the Islamic State's "Return"
Tony Cartalucci | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-07
At face value — the notion that the US occupation of Syria is key to preventing the return of the so-called "Islamic State" (ISIS) to Syrian territory is unconvincing. | Regions west of the Euphrates River where ISIS had previously thrived … | The post The US Syria Withdrawal and the Myth of the Islamic State's "Return" appeared first on Global Research.
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How Extremists Undermined the Legitimate Push for Reform in Syria
Intibah and Ghassan Kadi | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-07
Syria had many problems before the war and continues to grapple with some of them. Wars of such devastating magnitude almost invariably leave behind not only a trail of mess and destruction but also a countless number of corrupt officials and profiteers. Every dog has its day, and the cleanup will soon begin. | The post How Extremists Undermined the Legitimate Push for Reform in Syria appeared first on MintPress News.
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US Army Documents Reveal Massive Support for 'Long Road Home' Miniseries, Possible Fraud at Military's Entertainment Liaison Office
Tom Secker | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-07
The US Army provided such extensive support for National Geographic's drama, The Long Road Home, that the series likely could not have been made without Pentagon approval. | The post US Army Documents Reveal Massive Support for 'Long Road Home' Miniseries, Possible Fraud at Military's Entertainment Liaison Office appeared first on MintPress News.
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Pentagon Looking to Step up Its Disinformation Warfare
SouthFront | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-07
US Department of Defense officials are looking to weaponize disinformation, by looking for new "influencing tools" against "enemy propaganda," military.com reported. | The Pentagon wishes to expand its capabilities in irregular warfare, which according to Defense officials is a critical tool for defeating near-peer adversaries preemptively.As a department, we have often exhibited a historical preference in the past century for traditional high-end force rather than irregular solut…
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Venezuela: Coup d'Etat or Constitutional Transition?
Lucas Koerner | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-07
There's been a lot of misinformation in the international media about whether what is happening in Venezuela is a brazen US-led power grab or a constitutional transfer of power aided by the international community. | On January 23, National Assembly President Juan Guaido, who was virtually unknown in Venezuela before being selected for the legislative post on January 5, swore himself in as "interim president" of the South American country and was immediately…
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How Washington Became the World's Judge, Jury and Executioner
Philip M. Giraldi | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-07
One of the most disturbing aspects of the past two years of Donald Trump foreign policy has been the assumption that decisions made by the United States are binding on the rest of the world. Apart from time of war, no other nation has ever sought to prevent other nations from trading with each other. And the United States has also uniquely sought to penalize other countries for alleged crimes that did not occur in the US and that did not involve American citizens, while also insisting that all nations must comply with whatever penalties are meted out by Washington. | The United States now sees itself as judge, ju…
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Big Banks Cut Jobs, Slash Lending After Billion-Dollar Tax Cut
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-02-07
Although big banks in the United States paid $21 billion less in taxes last year thanks to the Republican Party's push in late 2017 to lower rates for corporations and wealthy Americans, the nation's top financial institutions used those savings to benefit shareholders rather than workers and customers–just as critics of the #GOPTaxScam had warned they would. | After reviewing financial results and commentary from the 23 banks the Federal Reserve designates as most vi…
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Global Day of Action: US Hands Off Venezuela!
No War on Venezuela | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-07
No U.S. War on Venezuela! | We cannot be silent in the face of the latest U.S. aggression against the Venezuelan people. Nicolás Maduro is the president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, chosen twice by the people as part of … | The post Global Day of Action: US Hands Off Venezuela! appeared first on Global Research.
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Why Is Islam the Fastest Growing Religion of the Modern Era?
Nauman Sadiq | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-07
What bothers me is not that we are unable to find solutions to our problems, what bothers me more is the fact that neoliberals are so utterly unaware of real structural issues that their attempts to sort out tangential problems … | The post Why Is Islam the Fastest Growing Religion of the Modern Era? appeared first on Global Research.
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Frank Robinson, Baseball's Fearsome Trailblazer, Dies at 83
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-02-07
Crowding the plate, fearsome and fearless, Frank Robinson hammered his way into the Hall of Fame. | His legacy, however, was cemented that day in 1975 when he simply stood in the dugout at old Cleveland Stadium — the first black manager in Major League Baseball. | Robinson, the only player to earn the MVP award in both leagues and a Triple Crown winner, died Thursday at 83. He had been in failing health and in hospice care at his home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles. MLB said he was with family and friends at the time. | "Frank Robinson's resume in our game is without parallel, a trailblazer in every…
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Edward Markey Unveil 'Green New Deal' Bill
Ilana Novick | truthdig.com | 2019-02-07
The earth is at risk for a climate crisis as early as 2040 according to a 2018 report from the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. That includes, as Coral Davenport explained in The New York Times, "worsening food shortages and wildfires, and a mass die-off of coral reefs." Amid this barrage of frightening news, advocates and lawmakers demanded solutions. They floated an ambitious "Green New Deal"; a set of policies designed to lower carbon emissions, reduce the use of fos…
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Jessica J. Gonz√°lez Testifies Before Congress: Net Neutrality a Step Toward Remedying Structural Racism in Communications
commondreams | commondreams.org | 2019-02-07
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The Green New Deal Is What our Planet Has Been Waiting For
Robert C. Hockett | commondreams.org | 2019-02-07
The Green New Deal will be funded as all other ambitious American projects through history have been, from national development through war efforts to tax cuts.(Photo: Peg Hunter/flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Okinawa and the US Military Link to PFAS Toxins
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-02-07
The Japanese island hosting U.S. military bases and training sites is a forerunner in exposing the contamination, writes Pat Elder. Fire-Fighting Exercises Spread 'Forever Chemicals' By Pat Elder World BEYOND War Contaminants are being detected in water samplings in communities… Read more ?…
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Marzieh Hashemi: taken captive by Democracy
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-02-07
The unmotivated arrest and custody of Iranian journalist Marzieh Hashemi, an American national working for Press TV, has shown the whole world once again how the paragon of the Free World tramples on reporters' rights. Marzieh Hashemi, the face of the Iranian channel, an African-American with dual citizenship, was detained at an airport in St […] | The post Marzieh Hashemi: taken captive by Democracy appeared first on United World International.
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Will INSTEX alleviate Iran's Economic Problems?
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-02-07
After more than nine months of delay, the Europeans have announced the registration of their so-called economic package to convince Iran to stay in the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action), which was signed between Iran and the P5+1. The package which should have been called SPV (Special Purpose Vehicle for Iran) is now called […] | The post Will INSTEX alleviate Iran's Economic Problems? appeared first on United World International.
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Venezuela Seizes 'US Weapons Shipment' as Trump Vows to Support 'Noble Quest for Freedom'
RT News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-07
Donald Trump has expressed full support for the Venezuelan opposition to oust President Nicolas Maduro from power, just as the country's authorities announced they'd seized a cache of weapons, allegedly delivered from the US. | The US-made weapons were discovered at | … | The post Venezuela Seizes 'US Weapons Shipment' as Trump Vows to Support 'Noble Quest for Freedom' appeared first on Global Research.
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The Venezuela Myth Keeping Us From Transforming Our Economy
Ellen Brown | truthdig.com | 2019-02-07
Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) is getting significant media attention these days, after Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said in an interview that it should "be a larger part of our conversation" when it comes to funding the "Green New Deal." According to MMT, the government can spend what it needs without worrying about deficits. MMT expert and Bernie Sanders adviser professor Stephanie Kelton says the government actually creates money when it spends. The re…
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Signatures against Intervention Threats Collected in Venezuela
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-02-07
On Wednesday, Venezuelans will demand the end of the interventionist pretentions of the government of the United States at the beginning of a nationwide signature-collecting campaign called by President Nicolas Maduro. | Source…
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Meeting in Moscow: The Taliban Meets the Afghan Opposition
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-07
It had the semblance of a play lacking key actors. They were deemed the difficult ones, and a decision was made to go through with the performance. The Taliban were willing to talk with their adversaries, but they were keen … | The post Meeting in Moscow: The Taliban Meets the Afghan Opposition appeared first on Global Research.
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Why I Defend Jeremy Corbyn but Don't Support Him
William Bowles | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-07
In Defence of Jeremy Corbyn | First off, let me get the 'defending Corbyn' bit out of the way. I do defend Corbyn's defence of the downtrodden and the dispossessed, a rare quality in Britain's despicable, dishonest and hypocritical political class. … | The post Why I Defend Jeremy Corbyn but Don't Support Him appeared first on Global Research.
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Activists Avoid Jail in U.K. After Blocking Plane From Deporting Migrants
Rebecca Nathanson | theintercept.com | 2019-02-07
On Wednesday morning, a group of British activists entered Chelmsford Crown Court, about 30 miles northeast of London, carrying backpacks and tote bags stuffed full. The Stansted 15, as the group has become known, had arrived for a sentencing hearing, and some of them had come prepared to face years in jail. In December, the activists were found guilty of committing a terrorism-related offense after they broke into an airport and blocked the departure of a government-chartered plane that was set to deport migrants and asylum-seekers. | But the group need not have packed their bags. Twelve of the defendants receiv…
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Anger in Iraq at Revelation of British Shoot-to-Kill Policy Against Unarmed Civilians
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-07
(MEE) — For Iyad Salim, revelations that British forces had in some circumstances allowed soldiers to fire at unarmed civilians during their occupation of the southern Iraqi province of Basra hardly came as a surprise. "It's all true," he told Middle East Eye. "The British harmed us a lot." On Monday, MEE revealed that the British army had implemented …
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Hickey family demands parliamentary inquiry into TJ's death 15 years ago
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-07
On February 14, the family and supporters of TJ Hickey will meet at the park they have named after the young Kamilaroi man, 15 years after he was murdered by the NSW police. | On that tragic day in 2004, TJ was riding his bike in Redfern, unaware of what was going to happen next. Constable Michael Hollingsworth started to pursue him. At the corner of Phillip and George streets, the police car was so close that in the cul de sac between the two towers it rammed the bike. TJ was thrown off the bike and on to the spiked fence…
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